Let’s face it – neglected feet and toes are not a pretty sight.
Salon pedicures are a great way to get perfect tootsies, but it’s not actually necessary to splash cash on professional treatments each week.
To care for your nails at home, Julian Ball from DLT Podiatry first suggests trimming them after a bath or shower with a good quality nail clipper.
“Then, cut straight along the top, leave about 1mm of white tip and do not cut down the sides as this can cause in-growing nails. Then smooth off with an emery board,” he told Cover Media.
Look to remove hard skin or calluses, which can build up over time due to repeated pressure from shoes or walking on bare feet, by gently buffing with a foot file.
Be sure to then use a moisturiser to hydrate and nourish the skin on the feet. Julian recommends using a urea-based product such as Ureka 10 per cent Urea Foot Care Cream, which is formulated to repair dry or cracked skin and promotes regeneration.
“Urea is part of the body’s natural moisturising factor. Ureka’s formulas are available in two strengths; 10 per cent urea for keeping the skin soft and supple or 25 per cent urea for when the skin has cracked and needs help healing,” he explained.
And for the ladies, a pedicure just isn’t complete without a swipe of nail polish. Dr.’s REMEDY Basic Base Coat is created by podiatrists and is infused with a special blend of ingredients including organic tea tree oil, wheat protein, garlic bulb extract and lavender. Carefully apply one coat before applying two more layers of your favourite non-toxic nail polish, followed by a top coat.
While it’s good to pamper your feet at home, Julian also advocates seeking out professional advice from time to time.
“After months of your feet being hidden away in shoes, boots, tights and socks, you may want to treat your feet to a spot of pampering. For a professional treatment, visit your local chiropodist, they will trim your toe nails, remove any hard skin, check for corns or verrucae to ensure that your feet are in a healthy condition,” the expert added.
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